Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Located in New Haven, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History was founded with the goal of advancing the understanding of earth’s history through geological, biological and anthropological research. The museum does this by sharing the results of this intensive research through events, collections, and exhibits that explore everything from Human Origins to Mammalian Evolution.   Visit the huge brontosaurus skeleton and the famous Age of Reptiles mural.

Yale University Art Gallery

Located in New Haven, the Yale University Art Gallery’s mission is to educate visitors on the role of art in society. Along with free admission, this gallery offers numerous programs, talks, and tours perfect for family outings. The gallery’s permanent collection contains over 200,000 works, along with changing exhibitions. The displayed art includes paintings and sculptures from around the world ranging from ancient and renaissance works to the impressionists and modern pieces.

Knights of Columbus Museum

The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven features artwork and historical exhibits relating to Catholicism heritage. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization founded in New Haven in 1882 by Father McGivney. Besides paying tribute to the organization’s founder and history, the museum features permanent collections dedicated to papal memorabilia and Christopher Columbus, as well as a theater, library, archives, and a media information center.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Located in Hartford, Connecticut, the The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art was the first museum in America to begin collecting contemporary American Art. As the first museum to exhibit and purchase surrealist works and feature the first retrospective of Pablo Picasso, The Wadworth is home of the world renowned Hudson River School collection.  There is also a lot to do for families and adults alike at the Wadsworth, with a full calendar of events and upcoming exhibits.

The Children’s Museum

Located in West Hartford Connecticut, The Children’s Museum offers hands-on fun and entertainment with science for younger children and families.  Visitors of the Children’s Museum can enjoy exhibits, demonstrations, education classes and activities. There are plenty of options for fun including a live animal wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome, movies and planetarium shows, vacation camps, sleepovers, birthday parties, scout activities, and more.